LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Open Access journals are the major source of knowledge for young and aspiring generations who are keen in pursuing a career in scientific and healthcare research. This system provides easy access to networks of scientific journals. Authors that contribute their scholarly works to peer reviewed journals gain remarkable reputation as the research scholarly explore these works extensively. This process assures considerable impact for the journal and reputation to the authors.
The impact of social media on peer reviewed medical journals and articles is dominating the dissemination and reach; in olden days reach is through offline/online journals subscription only. Once upon a time journals and articles were used to get the impact based on the citation only, now the trend is changing towards social media dissemination. Presently reputation of scientists will be recognized based on their published article reach, number of reads and citations as per Google Scholar. So the importance of only citation is no longer the main criteria of journals rankings. Altmetrics OR Article metrics OR Article impact factor is better than journal impact factor, as these metrics measure individual article than combined journal. Digital media changing the scientific publishing, the present trend is towards article impact factor/ Article metrics. Article metrics can be calculated based on number of views and downloads an article receives, and how often that article is cited online in peer reviewed journals and other policy documents as per Google Scholar. Article social impact can be measured based on how frequently that article shared in digital and social media like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, ResearchGate and other online scientific blogs, forums and databases. Article metrics are dynamic and can provide a very fast view about article social impact.